Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Sep 2017 11:12:46


PAKISTAN’S utter lie  has been nailed yet again as his brother Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by Thane cops in an extortion racket, has told  the investigators that Dawood, the most wanted terrorist of India, is presently in Pakistan. After the Mumbai serial bomb blasts in 1993, in which over 250 people were killed and over 700 injured, India has been repeatedly asking Pakistan to hand over  Dawood, the mastermind of the attacks, to stand trial in India. However, Pakistan has been consistently denying that Dawood is hiding there despite India providing it with his residential addresses.

With Iqbal’s arrest, the cops have delivered a blow to Dawood’s extortion racket in Mumbai, which was being run by his brother. The cops will now be able to extract more information from Iqbal about illegal activities of Dawood gang in the country and his hideouts in Pakistan.  After collecting irrefutable evidence from Iqbal, India should approach Pakistan again for getting Dawood’s custody. Pakistan must hand over Dawood to India and save itself from a certain further embarrassment.



THE handing over of Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine, by the Mazgaon Dock shipbuilders, is supposed to mark a major milestone in Indian Navy’s modernisation programme. The vessel is expected to boost up the Navy’s maritime capabilities. Though it has been designed by a French company, vessel’s building at India’s major shipbuilder is a welcome step towards greater indigenisation of defence manufacturing under the ‘Make in India’ mission.

One hopes this marks the end of the languid pace at which defence acquisitions are progressing in the country, taking years and decades, with cost escalations having not limit.  The case in point in this regard is the terribly delayed delivery of the aircraft carrier Commander Gorshkov with the Russian manufacturers escalating the price every now and then. This has to change if Indian Navy is to become the prima donna of the Indian Ocean region. Sluggishness should have no place in the scheme of things if greater ambitions are to be realised.